Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers. The Military Order of the Purple Heart offers a number of programs:
The Service Program: By far the largest of the programs. The Order's Annual Operating Budget is approximately $9 million, of which $6 million goes to support the Service Program. This program operates a nation-wide network of more than 70 offices, staffed by over 100 trained Service Officers and assistants; they are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition the Order has a core of Department and Chapter Service Officers who volunteer to assist Veterans and their families throughout the Country.
The VAVS Program: Veteran Affairs Voluntary Services. The Order has volunteers throughout the Country, who donate their time at VA Facilities to assist Veterans. In 2006, the Order donated almost 96 thousand hours to the VA (The Ladies Auxiliary donated an additional 18 thousand hours). This saves the VA from hiring approximately 65 full time employees.
The Americanism Program: The purpose of the Americanism Program is to work with schools and other organizations to help promote U.S. history and the quest for freedom.
The National Scholarship Program: Each year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart awards scholarships to select students who complete the application process and meet certain criteria.
The Purple Heart Trail Program: The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
ROTC/JROTC/Youth Programs: The Military Order of the Purple Heart's Youth Programs are focused on fostering patriotism and good citizenship among America's youth. We recognize outstanding leadership in cadets and midshipmen through the Senior and Junior ROTC programs in the United States and Department of Defense Dependant Schools worldwide.
The First Responder Program: The purpose of the First Responder Program is to pay respect to Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters who are killed or wounded in the line of duty.
The Service Foundation: The majority of funding for these programs is received from the MOPH Service Foundation through either restricted or unrestricted grants. The Service Foundation receives their money through various fund raising activities, such as thrift stores, the car donation program, ...etc.